Wished-for and Unwished-for Identities
Edited By Flocel Sabaté
Gender and Nation: Conditioned Identities
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Studies on nationalism and national identities in Western Europe which analyse the historical and cultural construction of “imagined communities” have reached the conclusion that the identifying characteristics of these communities often lack the influence of gender. Furthermore, the identities of women have become oxymoronic in the process of constructing nations as the “female self” enters into a dialectic of ideas, discourses and statements which must either accept or reject identification with one of two imagined communities: the national or the feminist. This article examines how gender relationships in the construction of nations have been established and how such relationships have generally alienated women, even though they have been active participants in the process.
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